Monday, May 06, 2013
Folks, this is an exciting, historic day for me - I have finally bit the bullet and joined a veggie CSA! (That's Community Supported Agriculture, for anyone not in the know). For $20 a week I'm going to have a dozen awesome eggs and a half-share of local, organic veggies (supposedly the right amount for 1-2 people who regularly cook at home and eat a lot of veggies...hopefully not too overwhelming for lil' old me!) delivered right to my apartment. I am so flipping excited!
This is my first time joining a traditional CSA. Last year, before I came back to grad school, I had done a meat CSA and that was really fantastic. 10 pounds of local, pastured, grass-fed, antibiotic- and hormone-free, ethically raised meat in my freezer each month. I can't do that now (it's too expensive, plus grad student stipend -> tiny apartment -> tiny freezer) but I do have space in the fridge for lots of veggies. And $20/week for more veggies than you can shake a stick it plus a dozen completely free-range eggs should keep my grocery bills down to a manageable level.
This particular CSA is really exciting. It's actually an aggregate of local farmers, so on top of the basic half or full share of veggies you can also add on eggs, raw dairy products, herbs, and flowers, and there are options to add meat and fruit on to your order each week. All the farms are organic and use integrated pest management, the dairy cows are all 100% grass fed/grain free, and the eggs come from completely free range chickens so they have extremely nutritious bright orange yolks. I'd be doing a small dairy order each week if I had more money to put down up front, but as it is for now I'll just have to keep hitting the farmer's market each week. Shucks, such a hardship. :) What's really great is that I know the produce will be quality because it's the same group of farmers that I buy from at the farmers' markets. And this way I can avoid some of the awkwardness of filling our department's common fridge with my groceries every Friday and having to lug it all home on the bus.
So, to summarize: I am joining a veggie + egg CSA and I couldn't be more excited about it!
Shine on, you crazy diamonds.